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  • INSIGHT-Rising cost on U.S. rate swaps raises worries Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, June 11- A widening gap in the costs to hedge interest rate risk between platforms based in London and Chicago is generating losses for Wall Street dealers and creating concern about how well this corner of the bond market will respond when the Federal Reserve raises rates. In the last month, dealers have frequently been forced to pay a costly premium on...

  • ULAN BATOR, May 21- Cash-strapped Mongolia's deal to expand the $6.5 billion Oyu Tolgoi mine is a big step towards stabilising its economy, but as it waits for the investment boost to feed through it is leaning on once-feared China to help shore up its finances. China helped Mongolia's central bank stave off economic collapse with a currency swap agreement to...

  • ULAN BATOR, May 21- Cash-strapped Mongolia's deal to expand the $6.5 billion Oyu Tolgoi mine is a big step towards stabilising its economy, but as it waits for the investment boost to feed through it is leaning on once-feared China to help shore up its finances. China helped Mongolia's central bank stave off economic collapse with a currency swap agreement to...

  • TOKYO, May 11- Japanese government bond prices rose on Monday, taking their cues from gains in U.S. and European bonds after U.S. jobs data strengthened the view that the Federal Reserve will not begin hiking interest rates until late in 2015.. The 10- year JGB futures prices gained 0.21 point to 147.18, while the cash 10- year JGB yield fell 1.5 basis points to 0.395...

  • MONTREAL, April 24- When Scott O'Malia, chief executive officer of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, took the stage at the trade group's 30th annual general meeting this week, he explained the strength of ISDA as "in a word, relevance." ISDA has been central to the growth of privately traded derivatives, fighting off regulation in the 1990 s,...

  • TOKYO, April 20- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Monday, showing no response to comments from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda that financial markets could be wrongfooted by Japan's inflation rising as the central bank expects. The 10- year JGB futures prices dipped 0.03 point to 147.97 in very thin trading, with only about 5,550...

  • LONDON, April 17- Britain postponed a sale of Treasury bills and global bond trading was hit by a power outage at news and market price provider Bloomberg on Friday, with trading volume in German government bond futures contracts tumbling by around a third. Social media first reported the Bloomberg systems going down at around 07:20 GMT and the screens were...

  • LONDON, April 16- Default insurance markets show no obvious concern at the growing risk that Greece will leave the euro zone, suggesting investors can now contemplate a future for the currency union without Athens. Default probabilities derived from credit default swaps-- seen as the purest gauge of credit risk-- have fallen this year in Italy, Spain and Portugal...

  • TOKYO, April 15- The Osaka Securities Exchange has begun to review the product design of superlong 20- year Japanese government bond futures to increase their trading, with changes possible as early as this summer, according to sources with knowledge of the plan. Twenty-year JGB futures contracts were re-listed last April after a 12- year hiatus.

  • EDINBURGH, March 12- The European Union is expected to make clearing of interest rate swaps mandatory from later this year, the bloc's securities market watchdog said on Thursday. Steven Maijoor, chairman of the European Securities and Markets Authority, told a pensions conference that the watchdog had completed an analysis of the interest rate swaps market...

  • Ukraine's credit default swaps fell 184 basis points after the International Monetary Fund approved a $17.5 billion loan package for the country, a decision that was widely expected. MSCI's emerging equity index ended nine days of losses to rise half a percent, as the dollar slipped off 11 1/ 2- year highs against a basket of currencies. "There is a bit of respite,...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago's rating downgrade to Baa2 by Moody's Investors Service on Friday could terminate four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million, according to the credit rating agency. The swaps, which the city uses to hedge interest-rate risk on its variable-rate bonds, can be ended by bank counterparties if Chicago's credit...

  • JGBs dip on weak U.S. bond, yield curve flattens Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 1:46 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 18- Japanese Government Bond prices weakened on Wednesday, tracking softer U.S. bonds, but the longest maturities fared better on bargain-hunting by Japanese investors, flattening the yield curve. The price of 10- year JGB futures dipped 0.21 point to 147.02, though they stayed above a 2-1/ 2- month low of 146.69 hit on Monday. The market showed no...

  • *Bank of Korea chief's cautious rhetoric lifts bonds. SEOUL, Feb 17- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady on Tuesday, as expected, but cautious remarks by its governor about the economic outlook kept hopes alive for a rate cut soon, lifting bond futures. "Lee's remarks were generally neutral in terms of policy implications throughout the news...

  • TOKYO, Feb 6- Japanese government bonds ticked up on Friday, erasing earlier losses after the Bank of Japan's buying operation unearthed limited selling interest among brokers, particular at the longest end of the yield curve. Ten-year JGB futures rose 0.12 point to 147.45, reversing earlier falls to 147.14. The BOJ bought a total of 1.18 trillion yen of JGBs on...

  • Banks tear up rule book to cope with future crisis Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 6:18 AM ET

    The world’s biggest banks have agreed to tear up the rule book on derivatives to make it easier to resolve a future failing firm like Lehman Brothers.

  • Fed's Lacker: I'm no fan of mortgage bond plan Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 8:07 AM ET
    Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

    Richmond Fed's Jeffrey Lacker said that his dissent from the central bank's exit strategy stemmed from its mortgage-backed securities plan.

  • Why Bank Derivative Trades Aren’t So Risky Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 4:35 AM ET
    Warren Buffett called derivatives “financial weapons of mass destruction”

    Warren Buffett famously referred to derivatives as "financial weapons of mass destruction," but unless we accept that residential mortgages are too, the phrase glorifies them into something they are not.

  • Uh Oh: The Attempt to Regulate Swaps Is Failing Saturday, 6 Apr 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Clever finance critters are fleeing from swaps to futures, escaping the new regulatory regime that was a center-piece of Dodd-Frank.